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UK star-gazers have reported seeing dozens of shooting stars as the Perseid meteor shower reached its climax overnight.
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A meteor shower is set to light up the skies above the Aberdeen area.
And astronomers have urged star-gazers to head out of Aberdeen and into the countryside to get the most spectacular views of the meteor shower.

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Sky-watchers could be in for "fantastic views" over the next two days as the Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak.
According to Nasa, the shower could produce a display of up to 80 meteors per hour.

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Star-gazers are in for a treat tonight with clear skies expected to give fantastic views of the spectacular Perseids meteor shower.
Experts say that with the moon in its 'new' phase and clear skies could mean that tonight is the best year since 2007 to catch the spectacular show.
The phenomenon, which happens each summer as the Earth's orbit takes it through debris scattered by the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

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Bolide appartenente allo sciame delle Perseidi apparso alle ore 00:53:25 del 05/08/2010, Tempo Universale. Magnitudine visuale -8





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You can hear the meteor reflections (short beeps, called pings) live via the live radio meteor audio stream.

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Astronomers in Ireland are set to see this year's Perseid Meteor Shower with "almost perfect conditions".
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On the night of August 3 at 9:56  p.m. a Perseid meteor -- about 1 inch in diameter and moving at a speed of 134,000 mph -- entered the atmosphere 70 miles above the town of Paint Rock, Ala. At such a tremendous velocity, the meteor cut a path some 65 miles long, finally burning up 56 miles above Macay Lake, just northeast of the town of Warrior. The meteor was about six times brighter than the planet Venus and would be classified as a fireball by meteor scientists.
The Perseid radiant was low in the sky when the meteor appeared --only 9.5 degrees elevation. Therefore, this meteor could be considered an "Earth grazer" because of its long, shallow path, with an atmospheric entry angle of only 12 degrees.

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The Brightest Meteor Shower of the Year Takes Place This Month

The most dynamic meteor show of the year will take place on the night of August 12-13. This yearly shower is called the Perseid since it appears to radiate from the constellation of Perseus the Hero. The best time to see the shower will be on the 12th, at anytime from sunset until sunrise.
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